The Office of Naval Research has teamed up with biomedical scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch to develop the Automated Critical Care System, a package expected to be no larger than a backpack that will automatically sense and respond to a patient’s condition with appropriate IV fluids and emergency drugs.

Intended to be a “cruise control” for critical care, the ACCS will make it possible to support casualties in the limited space available inside a crowded aircraft or ground transport.

U.S. Marine Corps requirements specify that it be able to autonomously manage a critically injured casualty for up to six hours.

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